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We don’t want rubber stamp legislature–Makinde tells commission



Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo state on Tuesday, declared that his administration did not want a rubber stamp legislature.

He stated this while inaugurating Chairman and three other members of the State House of Assembly Service Commission in Ibadan.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that Dr Abdulwasi Musah, the Deputy Speaker of the 8th State Assembly (2015-2019), chaired the commission while Moses Ojoawo, Adekunle Iyanda and Dele Hassan are members.

Makinde said his administration believed in the separation of power among the three arms of government; executive, legislature and judiciary.

“So we want you to assist us in achieving that objective, where debates on issues before the lawmakers would be robust, “he said.

Makinde further called the chairman of the commission to utilise the experience he gathered while serving as the deputy speaker of the Assembly in the new assignment.

He also urged the appointees to work toward the wider interest of the state while discharging their duties.

Makinde also inaugurated 14 Federal Constituencies Liaison Officers and called on them to be good ambassadors.

He also advised the officers to be unified factors in their respective constituencies and ensure that they serve well as feedback agents on demands and wishes of their people.

Speaking on behalf of the liaison officers, Chief Jacob Adetoro, promised that justice and equality would be their watchword in carrying out their assignment.

Edited by: Dada Ahmed



Renown Ibadan-born businessman, Adegoke joins APC officially in Oyo



Chief Adegboyega Adegoke, the Executive Director, OES Energy Services Limited, has dumped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo State.

He made the announcement while addressing his supporters on Sunday in Ibadan.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Adegoke, a political disciple of Sen. Rasheed Ladoja, is the Ajia-Balogun Olubadan of Ibadanland.

NAN also recalled that Adegoke contested the House of Representatives seat for  Ibadan South-West/North-West Federal constituency in 2015 on the platform of Accord Party (AP) and lost.

He was also part of those who worked for the emergence of the present administration of Gov. Seyi Makinde under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.

Adegoke, who is eyeing the Oyo South Senatorial seat, said his decision was after several consultation with his political associates, leaders and supporters across the 33 local government of the state.

He dismissed speculations that he was still in the PDP, assuring his supporters that he was in the APC fully.

Adegoke thanked his supporters for their concern on the matter, saying there was no cause for alarm.

According to him, “Few days ago there was a fake news story that I, Olooye Adegboyega Taofeek Adegoke has decided to stay back in the PDP.

“Nothing could be far from the truth. I am in APC 100 percent and will remain in APC. Please disregard such fake news. Just be calm, there is no cause for alarm as victory is certain by His Grace.”

NAN reports that the Ibadan-born politician had been sighted at various reconciliation meetings of the APC in the state.

Supporters expressed joy over the news coming from their political leader and benefactor.

Edited By: Bayo Sekoni
Source: NAN
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Coy seeks Oyo govt’s support on renovation of ancient Mapo Hall 



The Ibadan Properties Company Limited has sought the support of the Oyo State Government towards the renovation of the ancient Mapo Hall, to give it a face lift.

The company solicited the state government’s support on Thursday while conducting Hon. Akeem Ige, Special Adviser to the Governor on Culture and Tourism, round the edifice.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Ibadan Properties Company Limited (IPCL) is jointly owned by the 11 local government areas in Ibadan.

NAN reports that Ige had visited the ancient hall as part of his on the spot assessment tour of monuments and tourist sites in the state.

Hon. Kehinde Akande, the IPCL Board Chairman and Caretaker Chairman of Ibadan South-West Local Government, said the state government’s assistance was imperative considering the deplorable condition of the building.

He stressed that the renovation of the edifice was beyond what the local governments could handle without the assistance of the state government.

“It is obvious that the owner local governments cannot handle its renovation alone and that is why we are soliciting the assistance of the state government.

“The edifice was last renovated in 2007 with  the support of the state government,” he said.

Akande commended Gov. Seyi Makinde for his determination to develop all facilities that were in deplorable condition.

He said that the dream of the IPCL was to rehabilitate all properties under it and make them compete with other companies like the Oodua Group of Companies.

Ige in his remarks, expressed displeasure over the dilapidated state of the monument, which he described as the pride of Ibadan people.

He said that Mapo Hall was built in 1929 was refurbished last in 2007, while he was board chairman of IPCL, stressing that majority of the facilities fixed therein were no longer functioning.

Ige expressed joy that the governor had shown keen interest in bringing back the lost glory of major heritage sites already in comatose across the state.

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Wide consultation of relevant stakeholders to precede 2021 budget passage —Makinde



Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has stated that wide consultations would be held with relevant stakeholders on the 2021 budget to arrive at the most suited for the people and overall development of the state.

Makinde stated this while speaking at a consultative stakeholders meeting on the development of the state held on Thursday at the International Conference Centre, University of Ibadan.

He assured the people of the state that his administration would continue to embark on people oriented projects.

The governor also said that the consultative meetings would be held in the seven geopolitical zones of the state so as to ensure that people in the communities were involved in the budgeting process.

The governor further stated that his government remained focus in spite of the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, and would sustain the provision of some planned infrastructural projects through the Alternative Project Funding Approach (APFA).

“Still, we have found ways of ensuring that some planned infrastructural projects could still be carried out.

“For example, we introduced the Alternative Project Funding Approach (APFA), where the contractor executes the entire project with their own money before the government repays over several budgeting cycles.

“The ongoing reconstruction of the 21km Airport Road-Ajia-New Ife Express Road with a spur to Amuloko and the remodeling of Lekan Salami Stadium, Adamasingba, are products of this funding approach.

“We also have the Contractor’s Project Financing Scheme, through this scheme, Oyo state contributes an initial percentage of the contract sum while the contractor brings the rest.

“The government, then, has the grace of paying over several budgeting cycles.

“The recently flagged off ‘Light Up Oyo State’ (Phase 2) project is being facilitated using this financing model.

“We also embarked on targeted borrowing. We are grateful to the State Legislature led by Debo Ogundoyin for signing off on infrastructural loans.

“We have begun constructions such as the bus terminals at Iwo Road, New Ife Road, Challenge and Ojoo in Ibadan; the remodeling of OYSADA headquarters at Saki, Oke-Ogun; Upgrading of Primary Healthcare Centres and other healthcare facilities.”Makinde stated.

Earlier, the Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning, Mr Adeniyi Farinto, said the consultative meeting on 2021 budget, was a further attestation to the all-inclusive nature of governance under the present administration in Oyo state.

He said that the present administration in the state has resolved to enshrine the principle of equity and participatory approach to government.

Farinto posited that a stakeholders’ meeting of such nature was a genuine platform where all opinions would not only be explored but would be critically examined for the growth and development of the state.

According to him, having a people-oriented budget had always been the priority of the Makinde-led administration.

He said that a government that was run with the understanding and inputs of the people was a practical expression of transparency and good governance.

The commissioner also declared that the approach of the current administration in the state had opened doors of benefits, which would be more visible in due course.

Farinto, therefore, charged community leaders and other representatives present at the meeting to come up with strategic programmes and articulate initiatives as well as suggestions that would take the state to her pacesetting mode.

He asserted that the stakeholders’ contributions were critical in the initiation, formulation, and execution of people-oriented budgets, assuring that the people’s inputs would count in the development of programmes and projects in the state.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that top government functionaries, traditional rulers, religious and market leaders, representatives of various organisations and other notable dignitaries attended the meeting.

Edited By: Remi Koleoso/Bayo Sekoni
Source: NAN
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Edo 2020: PDP National Chairman wants international community to back one man, one vote



Prince Uche Secondus, National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has called on the International Communities to back one man, one vote, as Edo heads to the polls on Saturday.

Secondus made the call at the PDP mega rally tagged “Mother of all Rallies”, to climax the party’s campaign rallies for the governorship election.

He said that already the American Government had put more restrictions including visa restrictions on election riggers and their families.

He, therefore, called on other Democratic countries to do same to serve as deterrent to election riggers.

He stressed that election rigging must stop in Edo, and also charged the election umpire to ensure that the will of the people prevails.

He noted that this was more so as the Edo election “is special, as it is an election between the good and the bad, and between god-fatherism and total liberation/emaciation’’.

The PDP National Chairman said that because the candidate of the party, Gov. Godwin Obaseki, had performed in his first tenure the people should re-elect him.

He noted that security agencies had made promises to be neutral, non partisan and ensure security and protection of the electorate on Saturday.

“We want to see if they will fulfil their promise to ensure that it is one man, one vote, or there will be no election again in Nigeria,” he said.

Also, Gov. Nyesom Wike, National Campaign Council Chairman of the party, said the visit was to thank Edo people for the support given to Obaseki.

He, however, urged them to be vigilant and defend their votes.

Similarly, Sokoto Gov. Aminu Tambuwal, the Chairman, PDP Governors’ forum, and Delta Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa, the Chairman of the South South Governors’ Forum called on Edo people to make it a date on Saturday to re-elect the party’s candidate.

The News Agency of Nigeria , reports that the more than 12,000 seating capacity Samuel Ogbeimudia Stadium, Benin, venue of the rally was filled to capacity.

NAN also reports the rally attracted eight governors elected on the platform of the PDP including: Emmanuel Udom (Akwa Ibom); Ben Ayade (Cross River); and Okiezie Ikpeazu (Abia).

Others were Gov Seyi Makinde of Oyo, Sen. Douyi Diri of Bayalse, as well as Aminu Fintiri of Jigawa.

Obaseki in his remarks appreciated Edo people for their love and support for him and his running mate, Mr Philip Shaibu.

He disclosed that more than 200 groups had endorsed him adding that in spite of the threat from those planning on rigging the election he was riding on the shoulders to cruise to victory.

He reassured the people that more jobs would be created, more roads constructed and electricity improved in the second term.

Edited By: Donald Ugwu
Source: NAN
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